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Christian, retired dentist, bookseller. Author - book to be published Nov/Dec 2012. Married to Wendy. 6 daughters. We host 'Liberty!' - a church in our home. Frettenham, Norfolk UK

A Wild Party!

I was a dentist for several decades, having qualified in 1968, and retired in 2007. That’s nearly 38 years. I was also a bookseller, opening my book shop in 1984, and being proprietor until 2004. I make that 20 years. I speak about my life at FGB (Full Gospel Businessmen’s) meetings fairly often, and one of the things one is expected to say, is what one did for a living. I ought to apologise for the fact that so many people have heard me say this, or have read it – “I am a man who sold holy books and …

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Cumbria!

We have just returned from Cumbria. We love the mountains, lakes, walks through woods, and excellent Cumbrian cooking. As ever, I gaze at the beautiful scenery, and see the fact of creation shouting out the Presence of the Creator. Romans 1 says that the evidence is so overwhelming, that no-one has any excuse for not believing. Psalm 121 verse 1 kept coming to mind. The psalmist looks to the hills, and asks rhetorically where his help comes from. ‘The Lord’ is his response. No doubt he was looking to the hills that surround a Jerusalem. Indeed, Jerusalem is built on …

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Christmas Dinners!

So how many Christmas dinners have you enjoyed this year? I can remember one year, as a younger man, when I went from dinner to dinner….. I lost count! But now I’m older, and hopefully wiser, and this year I was invited to speak at 4 Christmas dinners. However, one was postponed until April. Interesting – turkey for main course, and Easter Egg for pudding perhaps? Wendy and I drove 290 miles to Cardiff, where the local FGB held their Christmas dinner in a beautiful building – Hebron Hall. There was so much food (worth a visit), and great people …

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The Age of Discovery!

My age of discovery was when I was around 20 years of age. I left home, moved to London, and discovered lots of things I had never known about. Here are 3 big ones. I discovered curry. Indian. There was an Indian restaurant next to the hall where I lived, and when I entered and smelt the aroma, I thought I was in heaven. Loved it. Still do! Amazing flavour. Curry! Secondly, I discovered that there were decent people outside of Norfolk. Us bumpkins were rather parochial, and London was a long way away. But I made good friends, who …

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Evolution, Creation – and Teeth!

It was around 20 years ago, perhaps, when I first started reading that life should be ‘holistic’. Our values, behaviour, aspirations, etc. should flow together without contradictions. This seemed to make sense to me, and still does; I call it integrity. I wonder if the following is holistic? It used to make me cringe. I would be asked if I would announce the offering (some people call it the collection) at a Christian meeting. When the time came, I myself would be introduced in the following manner – “And now Barrie Lawrence, local dental surgeon, is going to do an …

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Saved to be a Tramp?

A young friend of mine, Pete (not his real name), wrote to me this week. What a woeful tale! Since giving his life to Jesus, he had lost his job, his wife, his home, his savings, etc. He did not want any more Christian fellowship. I told him about another friend of mine, called Dave. A number of years ago, Dave, a policeman, gave his life to Jesus. Life improved, but his wife did not like it. She left. The stress of that caused him to lose his job, and his home. So a career change – the policeman became …

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Full Gospel Conference

I’ve just returned from the annual conference of the Full Gospel Businessmen held in Nottingham, and in a few days will leave for Newry in Ireland for their conference.  We have so much in common with those attending each conference – our faith in Christ, and being involved in business. Dentistry is a business. Writing books is a business. But we don’t talk business – we talk about life and about Jesus. Both these conferences are like ‘family’, where we meet with people who have a sense of belonging together. We are all part of God’s family, and feel very …

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I like it LOUD!

I write the blog for our church, and recently I started by saying that I like ‘full’ and I like ‘loud’. ‘Full’ refers to our sitting room, where the church meets on Sunday morning, and I like to see it full. Sometimes we have around 20 people, and sometimes 10. I want 30 – and then a lot more! I like ‘loud’. That refers to the decibels. We are told in the psalms to make a joyful noise with singing, musical instruments, dancing, etc. and with ‘loud cymbals’ ((psalm 150:5). In psalm 98, we are told to shout. SHOUT! I …

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BREXIT!

BREXIT Does any of us understand Brexit? Some talk as though they do, and see it with such clarity that they are 200% for it – or against it. But most of us have a much simpler view, based upon what we consider of relative importance. And it is unlikely that anyone can really assess the implications of coming out with regard to the degree of disruption that might ensue. Those in favour of remaining in the EU have several valid points. We are to a large extent economically integrated into Europe. Coming out could mean more tariffs on goods, …

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Riddles!

“What is red, but smells like blue paint?” asked granddaughter Alice, with a cheeky grin on her face. I hadn’t a clue, and told her so. “Red paint!” she said, with a huge smile, and we both convulsed with laughter. Your sense of humour could be different from mine, but I think many of my readers probably share it. Maybe even those from across ‘the pond’, where there has been a recent surge in sales of A DENTIST’S STORY, and which might explain why a lot more people are looking at my Facebook Author’s site. Anyway, young Alice’s riddle caused …

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